Community policing top priority for Greenville's new police chief

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Greenville's police chief says his focus will be on community policing and police safety as he starts his new job.

Mark Holtzman got to work early this morning, in time for the officer's briefing at 6:30 a.m.

Holtzman, an officer with more than 24 years of law enforcement experience, previously served as police chief in Hagerstown, Maryland. His experience includes roles in patrol, narcotics, investigations, and administration

Greenville City Manager Barbara Lipscomb announced Holtzman's hiring September 1st.

"Chief Holtzman has a solid reputation as a Police Chief and a strong commitment to leading and partnering in community engagement processes and fostering police legitimacy," said Lipscomb. "I am pleased that he will be joining the City's executive team and am looking forward to working with him."

Holtzman holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Public Administration, both from the University of Baltimore.

He is also a 2012 graduate of the FBI National Academy.

"I chose to apply for this position based, in part, on Greenville's location, its growing population and economy, urban police department in a diverse community, the university and its quality of life," said Holtzman. "I believe I have found that balance of policing and sense of community in Greenville and look forward to working with the members of the Police Department, City management, and the community to continue to improve public safety and the quality of life in Greenville."

The new chief says he looks forward to getting out into the community and getting to know people.

Holtzman has a starting salary of $130,000.